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BC-NY--New York News Digest,ADVISORY, NY

May 17, 2018

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. — A school bus and dump truck collided on a New Jersey highway Thursday, ripping apart the bus, knocking it on its side and injuring multiple people, according to police. By Seth Wenig. SENT: 476 words, photos, video. Will be updated; timing uncertain.




NEW YORK — A New York court said Thursday that former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, at least for now. SENT: 475 words.


NEW YORK — Federal authorities in New York say two Arizona brothers are in custody on fraud charges after donors to at least nine political action committees were fooled into giving over $50 million over the last decade. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — President Donald Trump revealed in his financial disclosure that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified “expenses,” with no mention of a $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had. By Bernard Condon and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 990 words, photo, video.


WASHINGTON — It was one year ago Thursday when Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel to take over the Justice Department’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The 12 months since have yielded a flurry of criminal indictments and guilty pleas, tense court appearances, angry tweets from the president and speculation over what the ever-taciturn Mueller already knows and what he’ll investigate next. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1284 words, photos, video, audio.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lent credence Thursday to reports that FBI informants had infiltrated his presidential campaign, saying that “if so, this is bigger than Watergate!” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 726 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is urging special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to wrap up its investigation on the eve of the probe’s one-year anniversary. SENT: 369 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., continued to keep his vote to himself, a gesture that allows senators to chart their own courses without the overhang of leadership. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 870 words, photo.


PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low. Developing.


— FLU-NEW YORK: For the first time since before Christmas, influenza is no longer deemed prevalent in New York state.

— STATE PENSION FUND: The state comptroller says New York’s public pension fund is nearing $207 billion thanks to strong results from financial markets over the past year.

— WITNESS-HIT PLOT: An upstate New York man has admitted that he plotted to have a witness in his rape case killed.

— ELDERLY INMATES: A new report says New York state’s prison population is rapidly aging, putting more pressure on prison health care systems and taxpayers alike.

— FALSE RAPE-FOOTBALL PLAYERS: A New York woman charged with lying about being raped by two college football players now says she never told investigators she was sexually assaulted.

— LUXURY APARTMENT-AMENITIES: The owner for a New York City condominium is offering a trip to outer space included with the purchase of an $85 million apartment.

— PICKLE ICE CREAM: A pop-up ice cream and dumpling shop in New York City is serving up a brand new flavor of ice cream: pickle ice cream

— COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS-FUND: Millions of dollars have been allocated for a second year in a row to help students enrolled in New York’s public colleges off-set the high cost of textbooks.

— ADIRONDACK BACKCOUNTRY: It is mud season in the Adirondack High Peaks, and state officials are urging hikers to protect trails from erosion by slogging through wet areas or simply sticking to lower elevations.


— ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE: Architect Daniel Libeskind is working on a new crowning achievement: a new star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

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